Putin ordered Democratic hack to boost Trump in 2016, Senate committee finds

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with US President Donald Trump in 2019.

Washington: Russia used Republican political operative Paul Manafort, the WikiLeaks website and others to try to influence the 2016 US presidential election to help now-US President Donald Trump’s campaign, a Senate intelligence panel report said on Tuesday.

WikiLeaks played a key role in Russia’s effort to assist Republican Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton and likely knew it was helping Russian intelligence, said the report, which is likely to be the most definitive public account of the 2016 election controversy.

Putin ordered Democratic hack to boost Trump in 2016, Senate committee finds